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George Martin R.I.P. (1926-2016): More Than Just the Fifth Beatle

On the evening of March 8, famed producer George Martin passed away at home, in his sleep, at age 90. (The announcement was first made on Ringo Starr's Twitter account.) He is, of course, primarily famous as the Beatles' producer, but I was heartened to see many friends in my Facebook feed chose to mark his passing by posting non-Beatles tracks he produced. Martin was a well-established, and well-rounded, producer before he started working with the Beatles. In his career the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee worked in quite a variety of contexts with any number of famous people, from comedy records with Peter Sellers to jazz records with Stan Getz, and practically everything in between.

The Beatles would undoubtedly have become famous without him -- and perhaps he without them -- but they wouldn't have sounded as good. Who else at that time would have made a Beatles record on
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Reboot Casting Update

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Dr. Frank-n-Furter just got some company in Fox's upcoming two-hour reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was revealed in October that Laverne Cox will play the role immortalized by Tim Curry, and now it's been announced that Victoria Justice (pictured above, right) and Ryan McCartan will portray Janet and Brad, respectively, with Penny Dreadful's Reeve Carney (shown above, left) cast as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair signed on to play Rocky Horror:

Press Release: Actress and recording artist Victoria Justice (“Victorious”) and Ryan McCartan (“Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”) have been cast as “Janet Weiss” and “Brad Majors” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is set to shoot this winter and air Fall 2016 on Fox.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-n-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist,
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'Common Threads', and Oscar's History with Lgbt Documentaries

Today is Wear It Purple Day, which asks people to simply wear the color purple in support of Lgbt equality. It's appropriate then that we continue our celebration of 1989 today with a look at that year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary. Glenn is joined in a conversation by friend of The Film Experience and doco-expert Daniel Walber, writer for Nonfics and Film School Rejects.

Glenn: Daniel, thank you for joining us. While I would obviously love to hear your thoughts on the film, I think I would be just as interested to hear about how well you think Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt sits amongst Oscar's documentary history. So few films about gay issues have even been nominated, yet alone won (the only other winner of its kind is The Times of Harvey Milk, also by Rob Epstein), but does Common Threads hold up as a winner? And furthermore,
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Compelling & Stirring First Trailer For Music Therapy Doc ‘Alive Inside’

Beyond film and the movies, music has always ruled my existence for many reasons through my life, changes and alongside some of the best memories I’ve had in my life so far – why do I admit this so freely? Because this first trailer for Alive Inside, has stirred the power of what it can do and how it’s being used to here to reawaken lives people thought were lost. Our very own CEO, Paul Heath, saw the documentary back at Sundance earlier this year (where it won the Audience Award) and highly recommends (you can read his words here) so to get my first look is long overdue but this has to be shared.

Alive Inside is an exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who
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Bond/360 Takes Sundance Audience Award-Winning Doc 'Alive Inside' (Video)

Bond/360 Takes Sundance Audience Award-Winning Doc 'Alive Inside' (Video)
Innovative independent cinema marketing house Bond/360 has announced the Us distribution of the 2014 Sundance Audience Award winner for Us Documentary, "Alive Inside." The film hits theaters on July 18, 2014. This first feature-length offering from Michael Rossato-Bennett explores the relationship between music and listener, following social worker Dan Cohen as he fights the healthcare system with his findings about music and its ability to counter memory loss. Luminaries interviewed in the film include neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin. Variety writes of the film, "Michael Rossato-Bennett captures some amazingly transformative results in the treatment of dementia through music." Bond/360 will be working with Impact Partners to reach exhibitors and audiences. We interviewed Bond/360 CEO Marc Schiller about the initiative, and the film "Particle Fever," which he says is the future of Diy distribution, here.
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Grammys 2014: Full winners list

Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.

Winners in each category are bolded.

Record of the Year

"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons

"Royals" -- Lorde

"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell

Album of the year

"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles

"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist" -- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

"Red" -- Taylor Swift

Song of the year

"Just Give Me a Reason" -- Jeff Bhasker, Pink and Nate Ruess (Pink feat. Nate Ruess)

"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars)

"Roar" -- Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry and Henry Walter (Katy Perry)

"Royals
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Ranking All 55 Grammy Winners For Record Of The Year

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The Grammys! They’re this coming Sunday and I almost forgot! To celebrate, here are all 55 winners of the Record of the Year Grammy ranked for your consideration. Now beat it.

55. “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin

Finger-snapping never sounded so un-snappy.

54. “Rosanna,” Toto

You know, a Grammy windfall was bound to happen one of those exactly 1982 bands (Air Supply, Foreigner, Reo Speedwagon, etc), and Toto was the big winner. “Rosanna” is fun, but Grammy-worthy?

53. “Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin

You know, a Grammy windfall was bound to happen to one of those exactly 1998 female singer-songwriters (Meredith Brooks, Natalie Imbruglia, Paula Cole, etc.), and Shawn Colvin was the big winner. “Sunny Came Home” is contemplative, but Grammy-worthy?

52. “Change the World,” Eric Clapton

Sort of annoying when a legendary artist wins for his most palatable and forgettable material. “Change the World” is merely radio-friendly, not an artistic breakthrough.

51. “We are the World,
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Cara Delevingne Shows Off Rihanna-Inspired Tattoo Under Her Boobs—See the Bikini Pics!

Cara Delevingne Shows Off Rihanna-Inspired Tattoo Under Her Boobs—See the Bikini Pics!
Cara Delevingne is sporting some under-boob ink! While vacationing in Barbados for the holidays this week, the 21-year-old model hit the beach in a two-piece bikini that showed off a tattoo written across the skin under her breasts. The Brit beauty was snapped wrapping up in a towel after a swim and her ink was clearly visible beneath her blue and white horse-printed top. The ink appears to read "Don't Worry Be Happy," à la the 1988 Bobby McFerrin song. Delevingne's tat is very reminiscent of her pal Rihanna's Goddess Isis under-boob ink, which she got last year in honor of her late grandmother. Coincidentally, Ri-Ri is also currently in her native Barbados enjoying the holidays...
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Readers recommend: songs about smuggling and stealing – results

Pickpockets to highwaymen, bank heists to drug smuggling, the readers' collective Robin Hood act has made a treasure chest

Under the cover of darkness they came. Precious time was snatched to deliver. One reader endured terrible pain and went to hospital, another is set to move house, but this did not stop them. And another, more delightfully, saw the delivery of a beautiful baby (I dedicate this blog to you, prolific Rr regular BeltwayBandit - congratulations!), and despite all of this, during this crazy pre-Christmas period, you still brought riches. Thank you, me hearties, for your bountiful song booty! From rampant robbery to surreptitious smuggling your treasures cascaded through the cellar door of the Readers Recommend and I spent many hours admiring, examining, analysing and enjoying. I am a man poor in time, but rich in song.

And now my turn again to stand and deliver. And indeed, among all the thieves,
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HBO Family Doc Special 'Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts Masterclass' Debuts Feb. 12

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In the presentation, four young singers participate in a memorable workshop and performance with the Grammy-winning vocalist. Full details via press release from HBO below... HBO Family Documentary Special "Bobby McFerrin: A Youngarts Masterclass Debuts Feb. 12 On HBO Every year, the YoungArts program of the National YoungArts Foundation for Advancement in the Arts offers 15- to 18-year-old emerging artists from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world's greatest artists in an intimate environment. In this all-new YoungArts MasterClass presentation, four young singers participate in a memorable workshop and performance with a Grammy-winning...
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HBO Family Doc Special 'Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts Masterclass' Debuts Feb. 12

In the presentation, four young singers participate in a memorable workshop and performance with the Grammy-winning vocalist. Full details via press release from HBO below... HBO Family Documentary Special "Bobby McFerrin: A Youngarts Masterclass Debuts Feb. 12 On HBO Every year, the YoungArts program of the National YoungArts Foundation for Advancement in the Arts offers 15- to 18-year-old emerging artists from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world's greatest artists in an intimate environment. In this all-new YoungArts MasterClass presentation, four young singers participate in a memorable workshop and performance with a Grammy-winning vocalist when the HBO Family documentary special Bobby McFerrin: A Youngarts Masterclass debuts Tuesday, Feb. 12 (7:30-8:00 p.m. Et/Pt) on HBO. Other HBO playdates: Feb. 14 (12:45 p.m.), 17 (9:15 a.m.) and 20 (9:30 a.m.), and March 2 (8:00 a.m.) HBO Family playdates: Feb. 16 (noon, 8:30...

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HBO: Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts MasterClass debuts Feb. 12

Don't worry be happy, as Bobby McFerrin will be featured on HBO in February. Every year, the YoungArts program of the National YoungArts Foundation for Advancement in the Arts offers 15- to 18-year-old emerging artists from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world.s greatest artists in an intimate environment. From HBO In this all-new YoungArts MasterClass presentation, four young singers participate in a memorable workshop and performance with a Grammy-winning vocalist when the HBO Family documentary special Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts Masterclass debuts Tuesday, Feb. 12 (7:30-8:00 p.m. Et/Pt) on HBO. Able to range from jazz to pop to classical as easily as he can jump octaves, Grammy-winning vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin (the
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Reeve Carney Ready To Capture Jeff Buckley's 'True Essence'

Reeve Carney might sling some Spidey web your way night after night as the star of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” but soon he’s about to take on another larger-than-life character. He’s set to play Jeff Buckley in a big-screen adaptation of the legendary musician’s life.

Carney, a real-life musician himself, recently chatted with MTV News about re-imagining the “Last Goodbye” singer for “Welcome to the Rileys” director Jake Scott. And if Buckley fans are nervous about Carney taking on the part, they shouldn’t be: he has the blessing of Buckley’s mom for the role.

“I mean his mother has been so kind to me saying I spent my whole life preparing for this. In a way, I guess, it’s true in a sense," said Carney. "I mean I first heard about him when I was 16, which was two years after he passed away,
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The Top 50 Music Videos Featuring Movie Stars (20-11)

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20. Robin Williams in Bobby McFerrin's "Don’t Worry, Be Happy"

The video's fine, but we really just wanted to get this earworm stuck in your head again. You're welcome.

19. Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone in Aerosmith's "Crazy"

With "Amazing" and "Livin' on the Edge," Alicia Silverstone was already Aerosmith's go-to actress for wild child, "Screw you, Dad" roles. When she was partnered with frontman Steven Tyler's daughter Liv (in her on-screen debut), MTV couldn't play this video enough. The video features what teenage girls normally do for fun middle-aged men assume teenage girls do for fun e.g., engaging in pillow fights, participating in amateur stripper nights and seducing farmboys.

18. Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell in Gnarls Barkley's "Smiley Faces"

Playing off the "Who is Gnarls Barkley?" marketing campaign, Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell play a music historian and A&R man, respectively, delving mockumentary-style into the
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9 Other Celebrities Who Could Also Pull Off Samuel L. Jackson’s Nehru Jacket

Samuel L. Jackson attended the premiere of Captain America at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles Tuesday. There were a whole slew of famous people there, including Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Piven, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr. They all looked fab, or whatever the Queer Eye For The Straight Guys would probably say in 2004, but we’re not listening. We’re still very busy, unable to tear our eyes away from the sight of Samuel L. Jackson pairing a stunning Nehru jacket with white pants, sneakers, and a very fancy hat. It’s like one of the Real Housewives went to the Kentucky Derby and had sex with Levar Burton circa Star Trek, and then they put Coke Bottle sunglasses on the baby, and that baby was really tall and very intimidating in films like Pulp Fiction and Unbreakable. There’s only a handful of other famous
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So You Think You Can Dance Results: Did the Right Contestants Crack the Season 8 Top 10?

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Traditions were broken on So You Think You Can Dance this week: A Season 8 couple who hadn’t been in the Bottom 3 all season found themselves in jeopardy during tonight’s results show. The judges, for the first time in five weeks, eliminated a male and a female contestant who hadn’t been dancing as partners. Oh, and gloriously, both the show and its sublime host Cat Deeley found themselves nominated for Emmy Awards.

Should we pause here for a moment to offer a slow-clap for the best host in the reality TV game? Dee-Ley! Dee-Ley! Dee-Ley!

Ahhh, that felt good,
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Ten Awesome Movie-Star Cameos in Pop Videos

To celebrate our newly unveiled Music section, we’re dusting off some of the older posts dedicated to that area of things, starting with this early offering from yours truly, which was about article number five after I joined what was then ObsessedWithFilm. Great to see I haven’t developed in any way…

Rumour has it that actors all want to be rock stars, the same way that musicians seek the “next level” of their career by turning their hand to acting. Whether that’s strictly true or not is a matter for debate, but what is certain is that the two trends have often combined to make both cinematic music videos (just ask 30 Seconds to Mars), but also to offer the magical sight of some of the world’s greatest acting talents (I’m not saying that’s true of everyone down below) getting their glam on in those videos.
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Bobby McFerrin Has Nothing On Amitabh Bachchan In Bbuddah's Thodi Thodi

Indian films have so many songs that I very rarely decide to post one here, but I thought this was fun.  Amitabh Bachchan's upcoming feature Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap is set to release on July 1st and they've released the soundtrack in stores, and this very interesting song and video for the song Thodi Thodi. The most interesting thing about the song itself is that, according to Bachchan via Twitter:go watch ..thats the 'acapella' version .. every sound you hear, mine / 'Acapella' a style of music and singing where every sound is from one voice .. so .. Bhtb theme is in my voice, even the instrumentsSo, in the style of the above-mentioned Bobby McFerrin (Don't Worry, Be Happy), Amitabh Bachchan has created every...
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Short Film Showcase - Knick Knack (1989)

Knick Knack, 1989.

Written and Directed by John Lasseter.

Original Music by Bobby McFerrin.

The final computer animated short produced by Pixar before the release of their debut feature Toy Story in 1995, Knick Knack revolves around a snowman, Knick, who finds himself trapped inside a snowglobe while the rest of the souvenirs on his shelf are enjoying a party in the sun. Desperate to join in the fun, Knick employs a number of methods to break free of his glass prison and eventually finds a means of escape, only for his plan to backfire on him.

Knick Knack was Pixar's first foray into 3D and premiered in this format at the 1988 Siggraph Animation Show. It was later completely rebuilt for a 2D theatrical release alongside Finding Nemo, with this new version incorporating reduced breast sizes on two of its characters, the Miami bikini girl and the Atlantis mermaid. This updated version
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NAACP Image Awards Winners!

In case you forgot, the 42nd NAACP Awards ceremony aired on Fox TV last night. Anybody watch it?

I’ll save the color commentary and just post the list of winners, which follows below (no real surprises):

Outstanding Motion Picture

For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Denzel Washington – “The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Halle Berry – “Frankie & Alice” (Freestyle Releasing)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Samuel L. Jackson – “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Frankie & Alice” (Freestyle Releasing)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture

“Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)

“For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots” (PBS)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Aaron McGruder – “The Boondocks” – The
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